My Style Icons (1950s – today)

My real interest in fashion began around Christmas 2010, when my Grandma gave me a photo book of all the great fashion icons of the past few decades (there’ll be a post on that in the near future). Since then, with the inspiration of some of the people mentioned in that book, creating outfits and finding the right look has been one of my greatest passions.

Below you will find a style icon pro decade throughout half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st.

1950s: Marilyn Monroe

When it comes to fashion, Marilyn Monroe is mainly known for the dresses she wore. Those were beautiful, of course, but what I can relate to more was her everyday-look. Waist-high jeans or pants, blouses with heart-formed necklines and her simple, sometimes oversized sweaters and jeans jackets, beige or black high heels and ballerinas gave her a look of constant, careless elegance. Rarely wearing much eye-catching jewelry, she usually just added one or two matching ornaments to her outfit, thus giving it more of a final touch than adding to the look.

Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.

1960s: Audrey Hepburn

I bought the picture above a few years ago and I often catch myself staring at in admiration. In her well-known Breakfast at Tiffany’s outfit – black gloves, striking shiny jewelry, a little black dress and a long cigarette holder – Audrey Hepburn seems to personify elegance, but still has a playful look about her. Black seems to have been her favorite color, considering that most of her shoes and her sweaters were black. Usually, she wore flats, combined with a simple sweater, iconic sunglasses and loose pants, which was still quite unusual for women at the time. Not to forget are her famous headscarves and her Burberry trench coat. No matter what your style is, Audrey has something about her that everyone likes.

There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.

1970s: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

The 1970s isn’t my favorite decade when it comes to style, but I still managed to pick a fashionista, who is still remembered for her then considered bold wardrobe. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis combined bold prints with her classic trench coat and made the little things, like the collar of her sweaters or the thin scarves wrapped around her neck, count. Her round sunglasses and the graphic prints on her dresses made every day look like summer. She gave classic elegance a new twist and had a style that to today, no one has quite managed to copy.

Pearls are always appropriate.

1980s: Lisa Bonet

Her wild bohemian style made Lisa Bonet both shocking and fascinating. She could pull off any look she wanted, be it the innocent school girl or the sexy, mysterious woman. In this picture, her shades and her oversized jacket give Lisa an untamable aura and her top is something that I would still wear today.

What saddens me is the corruption of youth and beauty, and the loss of soul, which is only replaced by money.

1990s: Halle Berry

Halle Berry’s fun 90s style can be worn today just as well as she could wear it then. She’s always said that beauty doesn’t come from the outside and something about her style shows her mentality. She seems comfortable in what she is wearing and chooses her clothes to fit her, showing her body as it is proudly. Her attitude towards fashion is inspirational makes her a fascinating personality.

Don’t be a slave to trends. People who are, never develop their own style.

2000s: Kate Moss

I don’t know how she does it. Kate Moss can wear anything she wants and somehow manages to make it look good. She has an eye for timeless, beautiful clothing and though she is not afraid to show skin, she is also not afraid to not show skin – she can pull off provocative and elegant looks and still be one of the most admired fashion icons of today. Something about her look makes you believe that she threw on the first clothes she found that morning, and that they magically turned out to be the best combination they possibly could have been.

It sounds really corny but I think if you’re beautiful inside, it shows on the outside for sure.

2010s: Vanessa Hudgens

I would wear anything Vanessa Hudgens wears. Her bohemian style is the style that influences me most when I choose my outfits. Often wearing floral printed pants, combined with either white or black tops and sometimes a large hat or a flower crown, Vanessa looks as if she’s constantly ready for her picture to appear in a fashion magazine. Though her style is very recognizable, her outfits are multifaceted and her look never gets boring.

I love funky styles. Not preppy or rock, just funky!

Images:

Marilyn Monroe: http://25.media.tumblr.com/d9675cc7addf963eda4c5f12aafb76e1/tumblr_mjx1mjrZj31qa70eyo1_250.jpg

Audrey Hepburn: http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2009/specials/archive35/beauties/audrey-hepburn.jpg

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: https://flowerpatterns.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/0f3d2-jackie2bkennedy2bonassis2bin2bthe2b1970s2b5.jpg

Lisa Bonet: http://content.asos-media.com/~/media/040314113547en-GB/Images/uk/2014/03/6_thursday/love-then-love-now/Lisa-Bonet-wireimage.jpg?mw=398

Halle Berry: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/f6/99/d3/f699d3a520ee71bc1824116b31434b19.jpg

Kate Moss: https://flowerpatterns.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/d5f69-60624_katemosscelebutopia_net4_122_155lo.jpg

Vanessa Hudgens: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/01/28/25267EF400000578-0-image-a-36_1422482601964.jpg

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